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Probation violator in Falls copper caper goes to prison

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who violated probation for his role in the attempted theft of copper pipes from a vacant house was sentenced Wednesday to a stint in the state prison’s system’s boot camp-style “shock incacrceration” program.

If Albert A. Torres-Roman, 21, of Michigan Avenue, fails in that program, he will serve 1½ to three years in a regular cell.

Torres-Roman had pleaded guilty two years ago to attempted third-degree burglary for the April 6, 2013, theft attempt on Seventh Street in the Falls. Police found 150 feet of freshly cut copper pipes in the basement of the house. A co-defendant, Jose C. Rivera, now 24, of Michigan Avenue, also was placed on probation. He also violated the rules and was sentenced last March to a year in jail.